Benny & Joon

Movie • 1993 • Comedy  

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A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.
This movie contains 17 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Does a pet die?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
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Is there domestic violence?
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BrianWurtz
Nobody intentionally makes anyone think that they are crazy. Joon's brother does call her crazy. Joon has special needs and is aware of it.
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Is a child abused?
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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cassandrasaurus
A pet goldfish.
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Are animals abused?
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A pet goldfish
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Does a cat die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
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bluerosephantom
A character is forcibly removed from a bus
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Bodily Harm
Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there a hanging?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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SpellboundWolf
After Sam swings on a rope outside of Joon's hospital window while she talks with Benny and Dr. Garvey, he falls into the bushes below. There is a cut to Sam with his foot wrapped in white bandages, so it is only implied that it was broken on impact.
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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bluerosephantom
No one falls to their death, but someone does fall from a high distance and injure his leg.
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Does a kid die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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cassandrasaurus
Benny and Joon’s parents are already dead when the film begins. There is a flashback but the actual deaths are not shown.
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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There is a jack in the box toy that appears in a couple points in the movie as a central focus. The box has clowns painted on it. There are also other objects that are clowns or reminiscent of clowns elsewhere in Benny and Joon’s house, mostly in Joon’s room
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SpellboundWolf
After Sam starts living with Benny and Joon, he asks Benny how sick his sister is. Benny is taking a shower during their chat, but nothing explicit is show, only his face & shoulders.
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
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Tffr
It’s never specified what is wrong with Joon other than mental illness. We know that her parents died in a tragic accident.
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Does someone self harm?
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TheCassandraComplex
It’s complicated. Both Sam and Joon can be interpreted as autistic, although neither is labeled as such, mostly because of general ignorance about neurodivergence during the time the film was made. They both have a mishmash of symptoms and traits, in typical Hollywood fashion. But overall, I would say the film was ahead of it’s time in its depiction of neurodivergence. And the message about the right to privacy and autonomy for adults with disabilities was unprecedented. Some of it doesn’t hold up to a modern lens but it was an important film to me as an autistic kid in the 90s, and still worth watching for autistic and ND folks as a legacy film.

Not that Benny, Joon’s brother and caregiver, does sometimes treat Joon like she is a child and a burden. This will be the most potentially triggering aspect of the film for autistic viewers. But in the end, he learns that he has been wrong to do so, and one could say that is the point if the film.
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BrianWurtz
Joon never harms anyone nor attacks anyone. However, she has outbursts where she throws things. There's a scene in a bus, with phenomenal acting by the way, where she's having an episode of distress. She's restrained by two officers and she kicks the window and it shatters. Can be very triggering. Joon and her brother Benny do get into a slight physical thing. But they don't harm one another.
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Is there misophonia?
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Tffr
Joon is sensitive to loud noises and peculiar ways of speaking
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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cassandrasaurus
There are instances where both Sam and Joon are verbally abused and infantilized.
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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bluerosephantom
During a flashback scene, police lights can be seen.
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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BrianWurtz
There is no antisemitism.
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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cassandrasaurus
Language is used towards/about Sam and Joon that would be considered ableist now.
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Are there n-words?
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sexism
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Does it have a sad ending?
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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cassandrasaurus
There is the aftermath of a car crash in a flashback, no bodies or gore are shown.
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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SpellboundWolf
Sam and Joon rent a low-budget movie 'Prom Queen Mutilator' that Ruthie acted in before becoming a waitress to watch with her and Benny. There is mild blood in the scene we're shown, but it is obviously fake and played for laughs.
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Does someone drown?
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Is there gun violence?
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